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Japanese Satsuma scent burner, circa 1850

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Japanese Satsuma scent burner, circa 1850
A rare Japanese Satsuma pottery two-part device for producing scents, late Edo. Unsigned, it has finely executed shells, tsuba, phoenix and floral roundels with birds in gold and enamels. It measures 11 inches high X 10.5 inches wide, or 28cm X 26cm overall. This device has been used and there are traces of ash in the base, slight staining to the sides, hairline cracks to the upper section and an old repair to the lid. The lid's rim has been bound in metal to secure the repair. This censer was called a choji-buro or clove bath and others of its type were used to heat aromatics to produce a pleasant scent for a room. It and others of its type were made at the Satsuma kilns in Kyushu for use by elite customers and for presentation.

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